Edward J. ‘Ed’ O’Connor
March 16, 1923 - June 4, 2006
Edward J. "Ed" O’Connor, a Waukesha County sheriff during the 1970s and a longtime Waukesha resident, was born to eternal life Sunday, June 4, 2006. He was 83.
He was born March 16, 1923, in Mosinee, the son of the late Thomas and Marie (nee Hack) O’Connor.
Ed was a graduate of Mosinee High School in 1942, where he excelled in football and boxing and also lettered in basketball. A short time after his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry for one year and then volunteered for the U.S. Army Rangers. His unit, Company A of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, was sent to Europe and landed on the infamous "Omaha Beach" in Normandy, France, on D-Day H Hour, June 6, 1944. In other fighting, Ed was wounded near Brest, France, on Sept. 2, 1944. He received the Bronze Star, Bronze Service Award (for the D-Day landing), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Citation, Good Conduct Medal and other French commendations.
Returning from the war, he moved to Waukesha and on Oct. 18, 1947, married his best friend, Ione (nee Buchs) O’Connor. In 1951, he was appointed to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, where he served as patrol deputy, detective juvenile officer and juvenile administrator. In 1972, he was appointed Waukesha County sheriff by the governor and was elected sheriff that fall. Ed won re-election three times and retired in 1978. In his retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards and attended many Ranger conventions.
Ed is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ione; his children, Dale, Dalbert, Dean (Sherry Neumann) O’Connor, Barbara (Randy) Rebro, Debra (John) Chavez, Kathryn (Elroy II) Andrus, Lynn (George Martinez) O’Connor, Denise O’Connor and Julie (Danny Godersky) O’Connor; grandchildren, John Chavez, Kelly (David) Gromowski, Jill Rebro, Kyla, Elroy III and Cullen Andrus, Jared Martinez and Sadie and Carly O’Connor; four great-grandchildren; his sisters, Meta VanDoran and Marion O’Connor; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Walter and Raymond.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, where a parish vigil will be held at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, with the Rev. Michael Michalski officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. F. Sanchez and the staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for all of the special care given over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ed’s name can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.